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Call for research projects China - France | Joint Research Institute for Science and Society (JoRISS)

Call for research projects China - France | Joint Research Institute for Science and Society (JoRISS)

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Le Joint Research Institute for Science and Society (JoRISS) est un programme de coopération franco-chinois créé entre l'ENS Lyon, le CNRS et l'East China Normal University of Shanghai (ECNU). L'institut lance son appel à projets 2020 pour des programmes de recherche, et notamment en SHS.
📅 Date limite de candidature : 2 Novembre
Created in 2010, the Joint Research Institute for Science and Society (JoRISS) is an international research structure designed to foster scientific research collaborations between the East China Normal University of Shanghai (ECNU), the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

JoRISS acts primarily as:

  1. an incubator for new research projects over a 1 to 2 year long period
  2. a platform for long term development of projects previously incubated within or independently of JoRISS


All research projects must be jointly headed by an East China Normal University (ECNU) affiliated investigator and an investigator affiliated with a member institution of the University of Lyon (UDL).

UDL teams grouping investigators from various members institutions of UDL are encouraged.

Complementary participation as team members of investigators from other institutions than ECNU and UDL is possible.


  • Projects content :

1) Submitted projects may fall in one of the 2 following categories:

     A. Projects dealing with the 2020 priority domain:


In the context of the present Covid 19 crisis, JoRISS intends to stimulate reflection and research on the topic of sanitary crises in general. As revealed in full light by the Covid 19 pandemia, such crises can reach a war-like power of destabilization and destruction, and they remain a threat to all contemporary societies, and not only to the less developed ones. They constitute extremely complex events with numerous interconnected dimensions ranging the whole scientific spectrum, from biological and medical research to the fields of mathematical modeling, economics, urban studies, history or law, to mention just a few. Proposals dealing with any of these multifarious aspects of sanitary crises are eligible.

    B. Free topic Projects:

The 11th Call is also open, without any topic limitation, to all research projects satisfying the JoRISS conditions of eligibility.

2) The Call is open to all disciplines. Projects with an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspective are encouraged.

  • Projects type:
Submitted projects may fall in one of the following categories:

1. Incubating projects:

a/ New projects:
  • JoRISS provides up to 30 000 euros in seed money for the incubation of new research projects;
  • 50% of the funding obtained is provided by ECNU to the Chinese members of the research project, and 50% is provided by ENS de Lyon to the French members of the research project;
  • funds can be used for a maximum of a period of 24 months on both sides (however, use of funds can be limited to a 12 month period in certain cases);
  • project leaders must commit themselves to seek further subsidies from national and international funding agencies in the course of the incubating period and are strongly encouraged to submit projects with partial funding from other sources already secured;
  • at the end of the first year, selected projects may solicit additional seed funding from JoRISS;
  • at the end of the incubating period, successfully matured projects are expected to apply to pursue their development at JoRISS with external financial support;

b/ Continuing projects:
  • incubating projects started in January 2020 ( selected through the previous -10th - call for projects) can solicit additional seed funding within the limit of 15 000 euros per project;
  • additional funds obtained can be used for a maximum period of 12 months

2. Developing projects:

  1. successfully incubated JoRISS projects started in January 2019 ( 9th call) or January 2020 (10th Call), as well as projects successfully incubated outside of JoRISS, may apply to pursue their development at Joriss with the status of Developing Project for a period of 2 years, renewable;
  2. developing projects must be financially autonomous;
  3. occasional financial help for organizing research activities can however be solicited from JoRISS in the course of the project;
  4. developing projects benefit from all material advantages attached to JoRISS, including the use of the JoRISS website, administrative assistance, the use of the Shanghaï JoRISS office and a yearly round-trip Lyon-Shanghaï ticket;
  5. they also fully benefit from the privileged scientific and interdisciplinary environment of JoRISS and participate to all common activities;
  6. selected projects are required to provide a progress report every 2 years.

Special attention will be paid to the following criteria in the selection process :

  • number of doctoral students involved in the project;
  • number of high standard scientific publications authored by the investigators in the area of the project;
  • amount of seed funding already secured;
  • adequacy with the strategic scientific orientations of the three partners.

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